A prominent leader of the Eritrean Liberation Front -- the group which is leading the uprising in the Ethiopian province of Eritrea -- on Tuesday (18 February) rejected a ceasefire proposal put forward by the Sudanese government aimed at bringing peace in the area.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: SABEH: "There was...there is...new proposals for the peace talks (INDISTINCT for ceasefires (INDISTINCT) or the Eritrean revolution and dialogue for a peaceful settlement. We of the Eritrean Liberation Front rejected the proposal also the (indistinct) was not accepted. We rejected the proposal because we cannot have a ceasefire because they are the aggressors. We only defending our country. If the ceasefire should be effective then the Ethiopian troops must be withdrawn from Eritrea (INDISTINCT) At the same time we are making orders for the troops to keep out foreign power intervention. Whether they are big powers or non-big powers. The (INDISTINCT) are demanding ammunition which they cannot receives the Eritrean Liberation Front control the main doors which join the Red Sea ports. I think the Ethiopian army if they have not come to reason and accept this settlement they are going to suffer a military defeat."
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Background: A prominent leader of the Eritrean Liberation Front -- the group which is leading the uprising in the Ethiopian province of Eritrea -- on Tuesday (18 February) rejected a ceasefire proposal put forward by the Sudanese government aimed at bringing peace in the area.
The Eritrean leader, Mr. Othman Saleh Sabeh, said his movement rejected the proposed plan because it wanted recognition of Eritrea's right to be independent of the Ethiopian government in Addis Ababa before it would negotiate an end to the fighting new continuing spasmodically around the Eritrean capital of Asmara.
Mr. Sabeh, speaking in Beirut, thanked Sudan's President Nimeiry for the work and goodwill he had put into the ceasefire effort, but said the peace plan, as it stood, was totally rejected.